The National Consumer Affairs Center warned that “germanium bracelets” being marketed as health products online do not, as claimed, “relieve fatigue and smooth blood flow.”
The Financial Services Agency suspended the retail operations of Citibank Japan for 30 days after the US-based bank failed to enact proper anti-money laundering procedures.
The government is said to be mulling the creation of a centrally funded sports agency that would be responsible for “nurturing future top athletes, supporting international competitions and promoting company-sponsored events.”
A 56-year-old cop in Kitakyushu who was busted for DWI told officers that he was on his way back from gambling on boat races and that he had drunk “one bottle of beer and two glasses of shochu” with breakfast.
The finance ministry announced that it will issue a pair of commemorative coins to mark the 20th anniversary of Emperor Akihito assuming the throne. A ¥10,000 coin made of pure gold will feature images of a phoenix and Nijubashi Bridge, while a ¥500 version made of nickel and brass will be stamped with chrysanthemums on the front and back.